SPM – 4104 Sport Facility and Event Management, Spring 2011 “The Eagles Nest”
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Since the move toward an NCAA Division 1 program in 2008, FGCU Athletics showed how quickly it was able to adapt to a more competitive league by finishing their debut year with three A-Sun Conference championships along with setting several NCAA records. The school came close to defeating the University of Florida in the women's basketball NIT tournament, and the baseball team almost defeated the University of Miami, which ranked nationally in the top five. If the school achieved that much in such a short period, what other athletic milestone can it reach? Can the school keep on aiming high and implement the next sport on the list that would create a nationally recognized athletic program? Could FGCU establish a Division 1 football program? The overall design objective for this project is to develop an athletic facility, and public campus spaces, which will provide an environment for students and faculty to enjoy and interact, in order to enhance their experience at Florida Gulf Coast University. The stadium complex shall promote a superior athletic experience and promote University spirit. The development of a first class football team, playing at home and on campus will be central to creating a more traditional college campus at FGCU, and to recruiting new students and athletes from Florida as well as all 50 states. Background
I plan to build a state of the art football stadium on the Florida Gulf Coast University property. The most recent universities in the state of Florida to start football have been Florida Atlantic and Florida International universities. The starting cost for FAU was almost $50 million, which did not include the cost of the land....